Terrible news out of Atlanta…
A 19-year-old was shot and killed on early Friday morning when he knocked on the wrong apartment door.
Omarian Banks got a ride home in a Lyft, and was dropped off near the wrong breezeway around 12:30 a.m. Friday.
Police say Banks and his girlfriend had just moved to the apartment and Banks wasn’t familiar with the area. He went to what he thought was his apartment – upstairs and to the left – but he was at the wrong door.
Banks was using FaceTime to talk with his girlfriend when he knocked on the door. Shortly after, he began to walk away from the door. That’s when police say the man inside, Darryl Bynes, 32, grabbed a gun and went onto his balcony to confront Banks. Police say after a short conversation, Bynes shot the teenager.
“I heard him say, ‘Sorry, I’m at the wrong house.’ Then the man said, ‘No you’re not. N****, you at the right house.’ And he shot two more times,” Banks’ girlfriend told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach.
Bynes initially told police he shot the teen in self-defense. But, that’s not going to work considering he was on a balcony and the Omarion was going down the stairs trying to get away from him.
Darryl Bynes has been charged with murder and is being held at Fulton County Jail.
Bynes’ cousin Makayla Johnson said:
He is an innocent father. He has five kids. He was protecting his family. His truck was stolen earlier this week, right now, he’s just trying to protect his family.
Bynes will go before a judge on Saturday.
Omarion’s family has launched a GoFundMe to help with his funeral expenses.